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Two party best for Nigeria –Aliyu

Posted: Apr 12, 2015 at 9:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie Snr Correspondent, Minna

Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, has said that the socio-political needs of the country can only be met through the two-party system.

According to him, “one party state will not do Nigerians any favour as far as the future of Nigeria is concerned.”

Aliyu stated this shortly after his accreditation for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Minna.

He said: “We don’t want a one-party state in the country because it is not good for Nigeria.

“We want credible and healthy competition, at least between the nations’ two major political parties.

“We must do everything possible to sustain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) so that democracy will be entrenched properly.

“If you recall when the APC came together, I was the first person to say that that was good for Nigerian democracy, because, it would put PDP on its feet and the federal sector, not only putting it to its feet, but would be reorganised”.

Aliyu stressed: “We have to reorganise to make sure that there is a credible opposition at the centre and with what is on the table Nigeria, we have realised the need to have two parties going together”.

He said: “In this election, believe me, you can see by the number of people coming out.

“Like I said last time, it was due to the kind of mobilisation that was done as a result of issues of Boko Haram, economy and competence; and I think Nigerians have made their point in the last election”.

Aliyu, however, said he believed that the PDP will at the end of the day, emerge victorious at the state.

“In this local election, people can be accessed by what they are capable of doing and what they will do in the future. based on that, they cast their votes accordingly”.

Meanwhile, the elections in parts of Niger State generally recorded low turnout of voters as people seem to have shown little interest over whoever emerged the governor and House of Assembly members from their respective constituencies.

The elections started as early as with the accreditation of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, who arrived the various polling units before the time.

The exercise also recorded less electoral-related offences, particularly in Minna, the state capital, and environs.

However, many people had issues with the card readers, as the gadgets could not identify them through their fingers.

Our correspondent, who monitored the elections, said the voter turnout was not as impressive when compared with the last Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The polling units visited in Minna included Dutsen Kura-Gwari, Maitumbi, Tundun Fulani, Maikunkele, Bay Clinic, Uphill, with high voter apathy of over 50 per cent, when compared with the last elections.